By Sharon Mager, BCM/D Correspondent
ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Maryland’s March for Life steps off in front of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Glouster Street, at 6pm on March 10. The assembled group then marches to Lawyer’s Mall, in front of the Maryland State House. This year’s guest speaker will be Ryan Scott Bomberger, co-founder, chief creative officer of The Radiance Foundation. A Chick-fil-A fellowship will be held after the march at the St. Mary’s High School.
Prior to the march, there will be two services at 5:15 pm – a Catholic Mass in St. Mary’s church and a non-denominational prayer and worship service in Marian Hall at St. Mary’s High School.
The rally’s keynote speaker Ryan Scott Bomberger is co-founder, chief creative officer of The Radiance Foundation. Bomberger’s mother was raped, yet she chose to give her baby life. Bomberger was adopted and grew up in a multi-racial, varying ethnicity, Christian family of 15. Representatives of the foundation have provided briefings on Capitol Hill and shared at major conferences across the country. The organization has also received extensive media coverage for the first pro-adoption themed ad campaign created to address the “disproportionate impact of abortion in the black community.”
Jeffery Meister, vice president of the Maryland March for Life Board, said last year’s event drew over 1,000 participants.
Michelle Sesney, president of the board of Maryland March for Life, and Program Coordinator Department of Life Issues Archdiocese of Washington, is active at the national level but said there’s a need for local action.
“We need to be active on the state level as well. We need to let people know there are a lot of pro-lifers in Maryland. We need to stand up and be counted.
Harold Phillips, senior pastor of Pleasant View Baptist Church, Port Deposit, will attend the event with a team from Pleasant View. “I don’t know if Roe vs. Wade will ever be overturned…but we are making progress. We can be there as a body, as an encouraging word. Whether we make a difference or not, the issue is whether we’re faithful before God.
Phillips said when Hitler was ordering Jews on the train headed for the extermination camps, there may not have been a lot anyone could have done to prevent it. “But the fact that they didn’t try to do anything is the greater sin.
“People like Bonhoeffer did, but they died for it. We don’t have to die for it, but we can stand up for what we believe…before God Almighty – standing up for what’s right and against what’s wrong.”
Limited parking is available at St. Mary’s. There is also a parking garage on Duke of Gloucester Street. For more information see http://marylandmarchforlife.org.